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If someone in your lesson was not the same sexuality as you would you think that they were less good
(Asking bq I'm bisexual )
(Asking bq I'm bisexual )
That's one of the best parts about riding❤ horses don't care what sexuality you are, you're a team. A trainer shouldn't care either. There's something really special about the connection with a horse and the magic of riding, anybody who interferes with that because of something like sexuality is missing a massive part of what horses and riding teach us about life.
Does anybody have any ground work ideas for a two year old gelding
Depends on how much ground work he's already done? Desensitization is always very useful. Plastic bags, saddles, saddle pads. Bending and flexing the neck. Giving to pressure where you ask like on his sides. Backing with correct head positioning. I taught my mare to lunge without a line when she was a youngin since we had so much time before we actually started her under saddle for riding. I taught her to make circles around barrels without a whip or line, just hand and body signals. She was so attentive to me then when we did finally get her riding. Good luck!
the horse i’m riding has a very uneven gate and is still sort of green. are there any tips for riding his trot through the speed ups and lunges? any tips for control while being soft?
I wouldn't rely on riding through the uneven and the lunges for too long. You don't want to develop any bad habits from compensating for the gait. Sounds like the horse needs some finishing and balance work. You could work on lunging in side reigns, practicing balance exercises with a trainer that ask the horse to use his/ her legs and back appropriately. My mare was the same way as a 4 year old and we did about a year of balance work, strengthening, and patience doing circles over and over. We heavily rewarding good, solid, balanced pace circles. I hope that helps even a tiny bit, best of luck!
Does anyone have tips for showjumping competitions ?
Orient your horse as much as possible to the ring if you're able to... nothing worse than sounds rides at home and then a random spook at something unfamiliar to your horse on the day of competition. I just walk my mare through the ring when its open and nobody is in there and let her see and smell everything before our practice ride.
Sometimes I feel super unmotivated to go and ride. How should I get over this?
I just remember that my horse can't speak for herself and is a reflection my being a good horse owner... that makes me feel guilty enough when I'm feeling lazy. My horse deserves riding. I get what you mean though.
What should you do when a horse rears or bucks?
My motto has always been that "punishment" for bad behavior comes in the form of working harder. So if and when my horse does that I make her canter pretty hard in a tight circle for a couple minutes. It requires lots of work on her end. Eventually she stopped because she's knows it's not worth having to do extra work. That doesn't work for every horse though, just a thought. Also, rule out other options first like possible pain anywhere or something wrong that your horse is trying to tell you.